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Eric Carter

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Eric Carter

Eric Carterwrote a review of on November 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This steel toe/aluminum heel crampon is fantastic for light/fast climbing and ski alpinism. Not the daily driver and not something to be stomping around on rocks with but if you will be primarily on snow and may occasionally encounter some ice, these are perfect. Used them for climbing Liberty Ridge on Tahoma and they were perfect. Light weight and pack up small but provide the purchase when you want it. Pair really well with the Gully Ice Tools! Best when used with the clip toe attachment rather than the strap. Good for climbing easy ice and very easy mixed (for me). I've had no issues with wear on the dyneema cord. I've banged it around and used it a bunch and it seems to be totally fine. I do inspect it fairly regularly and have a spare cord in my pack.

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Eric Carterwrote a review of on November 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is THE ice tool for ski alpinism and easy alpine climbing when weight is a major factor. I've used it on ice in Chamonix, climbing Liberty Ridge, and on easy alpine terrain in the Coast Mountains. For such a light tool, it swings quite well into ice, especially with the pick weights attached. It's good to climb on easy mixed ground. It's super light and fits into a small alpine pack. Petzl is knocking it out of the park with their light/fast equipment lately. Only downside to this axe is non-replaceable picks so it's a bit more fragile but that's part of the game. These will replace my Sum'tec axes and also stand in occasionally for my Quarks. I opted for two hammers to be able to bash pins and the occasional picket if necessary.

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Eric Carterwrote a review of on November 19, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Mens Medium

I've had several iterations of the Dynafit race suit. This newest one is a continued improvement. The material is great and is relatively breathable while also being wind-stopping. The neck zips high to keep you warm. Inside pockets are sufficient for skins (but don't put your phone in them and bend over, it will fall out repeatedly...). I do miss the outer skin pockets from a previous version but it's not critical. The boot gator and stirrup are an improvement over previous versions but is the point where I get the most failure. The stretchy grip fabric around the edges holds the boot nicely (especially a slim carbon race boot) but the seams connecting it to the suit fabric have been failing. Nothing that. can't be repaired but it's a critical spot. This might be slightly dependent on the boot you use it with. Definitely measure three times before cutting out the holes for boot levers. Start by cutting a very small hole and then try it before trimming additional material!

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Eric Carterwrote a review of on November 19, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Mens Medium

I liked these enough to pick up two extra pairs. Inner liner fits me perfectly for running (I need liner shorts rather than briefs to prevent chaffing) and I like the liner material. I use them in the gym as well as they are not *too* tight or short. The out fabric is indeed slightly fragile. I've caused a few rips butt-sliding down rocks but they were easy to repair. Maybe a slightly sturdier fabric would be good but then they'd be less breathable and light as well so I'll just try not to rub my butt on rocks as much...

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Eric Carterwrote a review of on November 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There's a reason these are the most common bindings you see on the World Cup circuit. Super simple and very easy to use at a light weight. I find the heel lifters a bit sticky to pop up but otherwise love them. Have them on my touring skis and my race skis and have yet to have one break.

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Eric Carterwrote a review of on November 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are as simple and mechanically efficient as possible. With no lateral release, these are NOT your daily driver bindings on the resort or in the backcountry. A crash that twists your knee or an avalanche takes you for a ride and your ski will not release! They are a quiver item and best for terrain where releasing a ski is not an option. If you are making jump turns down a steep face, have confidence that if you hit a patch of ice, you definitely will not accidentally release from your ski.

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Eric Carterwrote a review of on October 20, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Cheaper than buying everything separately and comes in a convenient little bag. The rope is the most amazing part. Combine with a skinny 30m half rope and you have a pretty versatile alpine system and if you are just anticipating rappels or crevasse travel just bring it by itself. Definitely going to be my go-to rope for ski mountaineering this season.

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Eric Carterwrote a review of on May 23, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 155 lbs

Updated version of the Feline Superlight. Pretty much the same except moved to a speed lacing system (nice). They are still heavier than most would prefer for mountain races but are an excellent training/adventure shoe. Big lugged soles give good grip and the vibram rubber is pretty good on rock.

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Eric Carterwrote a review of on May 23, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Similar to previous year's DST short but with an improved fabric that is much more comfortable. They work well alone as a trail running short or as an underlayer beneath a ski suit or pants. Zip pocket in the back for keys and two small side pockets for gels (but they don't have covers so don't put anything too important there). Only complaint is the lack of a drawstring in the waist so potentially size down.

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Eric Carterwrote a review of on May 23, 2015

Almost not there
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6'
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I can't say for sure that this is the lightest wind jacket on the market but it is certainly close. It does it's job perfectly. An ultra-light emergency layer to stuff in the bottom of your pack and hope you don't have to use. If you do however, you are stoked because it is a sweet jacket. Perfect for a little wind protection during lunch on top of a summit scramble. Repels some moisture but won't keep you dry in rain. Perfect for trail running or as your wind layer in skimo racing. Packs down tiny and stuffs into a clever little wrist compartment. No pockets.

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Eric Carterwrote a review of on June 12, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It is light - probably not the most durable. A pretty amazing step up from my old plastic helmet. Got it to try to stay a bit cooler for skimo races and it seems to work well. Much less noticeable, the strap system is comfortable, and ski goggles can be easily attached w/ gorilla tape or zip ties.

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Eric Carterwrote a review of on June 12, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Not just for split boarding! I picked up a pair of these poles for alpine climbing with ski gear. I hate having my ski poles attached to the outside of my pack when I am climbing so being able to fold them inside is awesome. They are not the lightest but better than the alu version and seem totally bomber. I have also been using them for mountain runs - replace the basket with a smaller one and they are easy to run with or stow in a trail vest when the route gets easier/more runnable.

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Eric Carterwrote a review of on May 7, 2014

Seraks GTX WS Jacket
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Comfortable soft-shell jacket that really breaks the wind. Despite the name GTX, the jacket is a wind stopper, not full waterproof Gore-Tex material so while it holds up in high wind, snow and light rain well, it is not a suitable rain layer (check out the Patroul GTX instead). The pockets are HUGE. The hood fits over a helmet. The waistband and wrist cuffs cinch tight to keep wind out and the inside material is soft if you switch to a t-shirt after a workout. Despite the excellent wind proofing, the jacket breathes well and is suitable for higher output activities in the cold like skiing uphill and ice-climbing.

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Eric Carterwrote a review of on May 7, 2014

Patrol GTX Jacket
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

My new favourite jacket! On the Coast, there is always the threat of rain so we rarely use soft shell jackets. Instead I usually carry a light wind breaker (like the Dynafit Trail DST) and a Gore-Tex hard shell. The Patrol is protective enough to keep rain and snow out but has a little more breathability than my previous Gore-Tex shell. It is possible to wear it for short periods of skinning even when it is warm out and keeps me warm and dry when skiing down. Two breast pockets on the outside serve as heat vents. I found the hood to be comfortable once adjusted properly. Definitely important to note that this is designed to be light (as with everything else made by Dynafit) and therefore is a bit less durable than other rain shells. I compared this to the M10 jacket by Patagonia. It seems to run just slightly large. I am usually a medium and this is just a tiny bit baggy.

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Eric Carterwrote a review of on May 7, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Fit true to size. No liner so I am less likely to use for running. Slightly longer than my normal running shorts. These are perfect for the gym or after a workout. They are great for stretching and rolling out in. Could use a small side pocket. Rear zip pocket is nice for keys but not much more. Fabric is comfortable - breathable and stretchy.

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Eric Carterwrote a review of on May 7, 2014

Trail DST Jacket
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Comfortable jacket that fits well. Can't ask for more. Must be DWR treated as it seems to repel water in light spitting rain - possibly even better than similar wind jackets. Breaks the wind very well. Sleeves are actually long enough for my arms - makes it great for reaching activities like climbing. Breathable enough to jog in when it is chilly. The hood fits over a helmet. Pocket on the front fits a cell phone or a few gel packets. Only con is that it does not stuff into its own pocket for storage.

Great for running and skiing year round!

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Eric Carterwrote a review of on April 30, 2013

4 5

Pretty stoked on this jacket. Just had it briefly so far but it has served well as my emergency shell for ski touring here in the coast mountains. Packs really light. It replaces my Eddie Bauer BC200 Jacket and it is bigger, but lighter and takes less space in the pack - perfect for skimo missions. Cuts the wind and sheds rain well. Fit is good. I am usually a medium and the medium is slightly baggy but good to layer over. Happy so far!

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